Monday, May 27, 2013

US Entertainment Industry Cannot Resist Threatening Us With Un‑American Things

Specifically, please read Boing Boing's post, US entertainment industry to Congress: make it legal for us to deploy rootkits, spyware, ransomware and trojans to attack pirates! (Exclamation is part of original title.)

I hardly need to repeat myself to regular readers: the entertainment industry is attempting to use technology to enforce a vision of intellectual property directly contradictory to that of our nation's founders, who saw copyright and patent not only as expressions of current benefit for creators of IP, but also as future impetus to create new IP based on existing IP... replacing that with a vision of total ownership and control of transmission media and equipment forever.

How far must we go to end this? Already, after the rootkit a couple years ago, I no longer purchase Sony CDs or insert those I already own in my CD-ROM drive. Shall I stop purchasing movie DVDs and audio CDs? I will do just that if RIAA and MPAA continue to push the boundaries of total ownership. They can goddamn well go to hell without absorbing any more of my money if they insist on treating their customer base that way... already I haven't bought a CD or DVD for myself in several years. And no, I don't fucking steal their products either.

(H/T ellroon.)

(Oh, come fucking on... "movie" is not in Firefox's default spelling checker dictionary! Oh, wait, now I see: for the second time this week, Mozilla has forced a change from my manually entered en_US to en_GB. Do they really want me to switch once and for all to Google Chrome? That's where I'm headed if this nonsense doesn't stop...)


  1. Mozilla wants you to spell honor like honour and stuff? We'll all write better if we use the Queen's English, you know. Pip Pip cheerio and what what!

    (And I buy DVDs and CDs from garage sales... what does that make me? AAarrrrr)

    1. "Mozilla wants you to spell honor like honour and stuff?"

      "She offered her honour, he honoured her offer, and all of the night..." somehow it just isn't the same!

  2. It's taken me decades to mostly stop listing things as "firstly, . . . ; secondly, . . . ; thirdly, . . ."

    One would think Mozilla would stick to whichever language one had chosen . . .

    Pity that.

    1. Yep, I still cringe when I hear 11ty dimensional.

    2. Strunk and White would hang you for that, c... but there seems to be no consensus even among grammarians on the matter. Actually, I have no objection to the Queen's English in its own context, but I do believe that, as the Queen does not rule here, neither should Her English.



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